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The following are some literacy/reading/writing sites that you might find useful ...

GRAMMAR & SPELLING

 

Although designed as a English as a Second Language site it has lots of great games/quizzes to assist all children with learning - http://a4esl.org/

Great grammar and spelling activities from the BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/english/spelling_grammar.shtml

 

Fantastic website for students. Very similar to BBC Bitesize but at a higher level. http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/words/grammar/

Hard Spell - Hard Spell is a game in which students have to identify words spelt incorrectly. Players can gain bonus points by spelling the word correctly within a time limit. http://www.bbc.co.uk/hardspell/hardspell_game.shtml

POETRY & STORY WRITING

Australian Bush Poetry K-6 links http://www.primaryschool.com.au/english_lessonsresults.php?subject=Themes&strand=Australian%20Bush%20Poetry&grade=General A Poem a Week is a brand new poetry resource for teachers in middle to upper primary levels who are looking for poems to use in the classroom. Each week, a new poem by an Australian writer will be posted, along with a short bio note and comments on where the idea for the poem came from. Poems will be contemporary, and provide a range of topics, styles and language. Poets featured will include Janeen Brian, Sherryl Clark, Meredith Costain, Liz Honey, Doug McLeod and Lorraine Marwood, among others.  Poems can be used for reading and discussion, or as models for poetry writing in class. Sherryl Clark and Meredith Costain, the creators of A Poem a Week, hope that this handy website will encourage teachers to regularly 'reach for a poem' and share it with their students. http://www.poetry4kids.net/forteachers.html

This site had some good templates etc for assisting with writing of poems also check out the easy to use printing press which kids can use to create their own booklets, newspaper article, flyer etc http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=375

Australia Post webside based on the process of sending a letter - www.auspost.com.au/education

Students can create their own stories using this great site http://myths.e2bn.org/story_creator/

Story writing ideas for children - www.teachingideas.co.uk/english/worksheets/create2.htm

Guide to Grammar and Writing and Principles of Composition -  It has some very good powerpoint presentations on use of grammar and writing ie Capitalization, punctuation etc. http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index2.htm

Make your own Captain Underpants Comic - www.scholastic.ca/captainunderpants/comic.htm

Comic Creator - http://www.readwritethink.org/student_mat/student_material.asp?id=21 The Comic Creator is an online tool that invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on). The organisers focus on the key elements of comic strips by allowing students to choose backgrounds, characters, and props, as well as to compose related dialogue. This versatile tool can be used by students from kindergarten through high school, for purposes ranging from learning to write dialogue to an in-depth study of a formerly neglected genre. The tool is easy to use, made even easier with the Comic Strip Planning Sheet, a printable PDF that comic creators can use to draft and revise their work before creating and printing their final comics. After completing their comic, students have the ability to print out and illustrate their final versions for feedback and assessment.

 

STORY JUMPER - http://www.storyjumper.com/ - StoryJumper allows users to create their own online stories. You can find and add: props (characters and artwork), scenes (backgrounds), photos, and text. Requires free registration.

READING

Building Language for Literacy - http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bll/ This learning activity helps emerging readers identify letters, sounds, and words using interactive multimedia. Three animal characters ask students to drag and drop images. Audio feedback helps students build vocabulary, identify letters and sounds, and match rhyming words.

Reading games room - http://www.adrianbruce.com/reading/games.htm

Ants on the Apple - www.kiddyhouse.com/Songs/alpha/a.html This site contains the words and music (sound) for the popular alphabet song. Each letter is on a separate page. Use Internet Explorer to view.

Arthur & Busters - http://pbskids.org/arthur/index.html Developed with the help and advice of Arthur creator Marc Brown, the ARTHUR site is organized into pages hosted by the series' characters, each with features that encourage kids to read and write.

Clifford the Big Red Dog - http://pbskids.org/clifford/ Clifford, the pooch from PBS, is a big hit with preschoolers. Bring your kids to Clifford's website for free stories, games, and online activities, plus printable coloring pages and cutouts. Go behind the scenes to meet the cast, watch the actors and artists at work, and learn to draw Clifford. The official PBS television web site for Clifford the Big Red Dog

Learn to Read at Starfall: Teaching Comprehension and Phonics - www.starfall.com/ The Starfall learn-to-read program was created to meet the needs of the emergent reader by incorporating rhyming games and high-interest books that teach phonemic awareness (sounds in words), phonics, decoding skills, and comprehension. The section on ABC has large text and bright pictures. It teaches letter-sound relationships by providing a child-friendly navigation system that explicitly focuses on each letter of the alphabet.

Learn To Read: Zac the Rat and Other Tales
www.starfall.com/n/level-a/learn-to-read/load.htm?f Learn to Read is aimed at emergent readers. It makes use of interactive books and rhyming word family games that teach phonemic awareness, comprehension, vocabulary building and spelling skills.

StoryPlace Pre-school Library - www.storyplace.org/preschool/other.asp The StoryPlace Library provides a selection of simple online stories, with different themes, for preschool children. Associated with each story are activities for children and parents and suggested reading lists. It includes Spanish vocabulary in some stories.
Razzledazzle: Once Upon a Tale -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/.   Six simple online stories are read aloud. The words are highlighted as they are read. Some of the stories require the viewer to insert the correct word at different places. They also make use of repetition so the reader gradually becomes familiar with written language patterns.

Book Pals: Storyline - http://www.bookpals.net/storyline/index.html - Storyline is an on-line streaming video program featuring the Screen Actors' Guild (USA) reading childrens books aloud. Each of the books offer an accompanying lesson plan and activity guide. Stories include 'The Polar Express', 'Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge', 'The Night I followed the Dog', 'Thank You, Mr. Falker', 'No Mirrors in My Nana's House', 'A Bad Case of Stripes', 'Private I. Guana', 'Brave Irene', 'Me and My Cat?', 'Knots On A Counting Rope', and 'My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother'.

Christmas Gifts Tale http://www.christmasgifts.net/christmasgifts12.html This site contains an inspirational Christmas story. Visitors can send full-color, animated and personalised Christmas e-cards. Each e-card is based on a slide from the story. Three other printable stories are available for class reading. Some Christmas craft ideas include angel ornaments, gift baskets, and a sock snowman.

Talking Books - www.readinga-z.com - a good site to check out for lots of online books, plus work sheets etc to download.

Another Talking Book site www.raz-kids.com

Dreamtime Stories www.dreamtime.net.au/dreaming/storylist.htm The stories found here include Creation, Eaglehawk and Crow, Emu and the Jabiru, Gulaga, How the water got to the plains, Illawarra and the five islands, Koockard, Why the crocodile rolls, Red Waratah, The two wise men and the seven sisters, Thukeri, Toonkoo and Ngaardi, and Umbarra. There is also an explanation of many of the stories and some discussion of the importance of passing the stories on.

103 Things to Do Before/During/After Reading - www.readingrockets.org/article.php?ID=445 From Reading Rockets, a practical list for teachers of reading associated activities.

ALL AREAS

Lots of good resources and interactive sites for all curriculum areas - http://teachingtreasures.com.au/index.html

Free Phonics Posters from adrianbruce.com

Phonics Reading Practice : Learn to Read and Spell with Phonics - www.fonetiks.org/foniks/ This is a Phonics course in reading and spelling for young children. The Foniks site uses the technique of allowing learners to simply mouse over letters and words to hear them spoken.

BBC Education - Little Animals' Activity Centre - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/laac/index.shtml The Little Animals Activity Centre is a fun way to learn and play at home, with games to play and activities for 4 to 8 year olds. The activities include word games, maths games and simple puzzles. There are tips for parents throughout. You will need at least the Flash plugin to use this site and Shockwave for some of the games.

Between the Lions - http://pbskids.org/lions/ Based on a TV show for kids developed by the Public Broadcasting Service, US, the site provides interactive and fun learning opportunities for children aged 4-9. Parents of young kids will find useful guides and opportunities to help their children learn to read. Features include: weekly adventures, word helper, recommended books, literacy resources, colouring pages, lettering guides, games to print and more.

Gail Lovely - Resources - www.gaillovely.com/resources.htm Gail Lovely has a collection of links to resources suitable for early childhood. Topics include reading and literacy, maths, tsunamis, hurricanes and seasonal resources such as Christmas, New Year and Polar Express.

Literacy Centre - www.literacycenter.net/lessonview_en.htm Children will learn uppercase letter, lowercase letters, shapes, writing, words, numbers, and colours, playing flash games. This site is also useful for teachers of languages other than English, like Spanish, German and French.

Games for Children (Goldfish) -
www.poissonrouge.com/ This site contains online alphabet, counting and reading games and activities for preschool children. There are alphabet games available in both English and French. The site is intuitive and children learn by playing.

Let's Discover -
www.letsdiscover.org.uk/ Educational resources for early childhood educators including downloadable learning games related to word recognition, alphabet, counting, healthy eating and sentence formation. The site also includes printable worksheets.

Eclipse Crossword - www.greeneclipsesoftware.com/eclipsecrossword/ Eclipse Crossword is free software that allows users to create crossword puzzles in minutes. Just give Eclipse Crossword a list of words and clues, and it does the rest. Eclipse Crossword can be used by: teachers and parents as a way of introducing vocabulary and unit concepts; Webmasters, as a great way to get people to visit and return to a site; and Newsletter editors, to add interest to a newsletter. In addition to downloading the software, visitors to this site can also view associated resources, projects and tutorials. Eclipse Crossword is for Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It will not run on Macintosh computers.

Trees Are Terrific - Travels with Pierre http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/trees1/ - Trees Are Terrific is a curriculum about trees for kindergarten - second grade (K-2) based on the Illinois State curriculum. It includes teacher's notes about content and suggests activities.

didj u know Stories - www.abc.net.au/messageclub/duknow 'didj u know Stories' is part of the ABC's Message Club site. The stories cover aboriginal culture, history, people, rights, and sports people.

Literacy  Activities (TKI) - www.tki.org.nz/r/wick_ed/literacy/index.php (It also covers math, technology and science - well worth checking out).  A number of interactive literacy activities can accessed at this website provided by TKI, the New Zealand Ministry of Education. The activities include interactive games, crosswords, and links to useful literacy websites. The interactive games require a recent version of Shockwave.

Magic Key - Adventures - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/magickey/adventures/ This BBC site contains literacy games and printables for 5 to 6 year olds. Activities include full stops, sentences, questions, seeing patterns, characteristics, capital letters, characteristics, decoding words, descriptions and sounds. Materials for teachers and parents include printable worksheets, lesson plans, and an overview of curriculum objectives.

The Aultimate Word Games Guide - http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/ultimate-word-games-guide.php


 

 




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